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Leremie Shaffer
2021 Business Person of the Year

Leremie Shaffer, 2021 BLY

     Leremie Shaffer (left), owner of Miknanís Main Street Pub was recognized by the Fayette Rotary Club as this yearís Recipient of the Fayette Rotary Business Leader of the Year. Jamie Page (right), chair of the selection committee, presented the award to Shaffer during the clubís meeting in the Central Methodist University Student Center.  Leremie, who was also guest speaker at the meeting, talked about the problems associated with running a restaurant during a Pandemic and the joys/difficulties of employing workers with special needs.

     The Business Leader of the Year recognition program began in 1984. The names of past recipients are affixed on two permanent plaques which hang in the Commercial Trust Community Room. Any business or professional person residing within the bounds of the Fayette R-III school district is eligible to receive the award. Rotary members vote annually each spring to make the selection.

     According to Rotarian Christina Heilman, one of the members who nominated Shaffer, ďLeremie is a natural teacher and mentor, which makes him such an excellent employer now and a job coach for [Endless Options] before.  He isnít just a boss, he is a mentor and a friend to his employees, making time to make the most of teachable moments with his young staff.Ē  Heilman, Chief Financial Officer for Endless Options, Inc., noted that Leremie employs many EO clients, making Miknanís one of the few community sites with inclusive employment.

     Shaffer came to work at Endless Options, Inc. in February 2012.  At that time he worked in the early childhood program and residential program. He graduated from Central Methodist University in May and was hired as Director of Employment Services at Endless Options, Inc. in July of that same year.  He continued at EO until 2018 when he and his wife purchased Miknanís. Shaffer and his family reside in Fayette.